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"Temple" marks the location of Guhoji Temple on the wooded hill.Apr 08, 2022
Going down the steps from Guhoji Temple. In the distance, The Towers West skyscraper is visible. The road ahead goes all the way to JR Ichikawa Station.Apr 08, 2022
View from The Towers West lookout deck on the 45th floor. The patch of green is the hill where Guhoji is located.Apr 08, 2022
Mama River empties into Edogawa River. We later walked along Edogawa River toward Konodai Station on the Keisei Line.Apr 07, 2022
Western-style buildings along Mama River. The Christian church on the right is the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ichikawa and a National Tangible Cultural Property. 日本福音ルーテル市川教会【国登録有形文化財】Apr 07, 2022
Mama River cherry blossoms in Ichikawa, Chiba.Apr 07, 2022
After Guhoji Temple, we walked back to Edogawa River along Mama River which had a few cherry blossoms.Apr 07, 2022
About Mama no Tsughihashi Bridge. 真間の継橋Apr 07, 2022
Mama no Tsughihashi Bridge near the steps going up to Guhoji Temple. The bridge is mentioned in some poems in the Man'yoshu. 真間の継橋Apr 07, 2022
Niomon Gate rear view as you exit.Apr 07, 2022
View of Ichikawa Station area from Guhoji. The two skyscrapers are The Towers East on the left and The Towers West on the right. The higher Towers West building has a lookout deck on the 45th floor.Apr 07, 2022
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Another weeping cherry tree next to Fushihime Sakura.Apr 07, 2022
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We can see that a few branches had been cut, which means the tree was larger.Apr 07, 2022
In Ichikawa, Chiba, Guhoji's 400-year-old weeping cherry blossom tree is named "Fushihime Sakura." 伏姫桜Apr 07, 2022
Guhoji's 400-year-old weeping cherry blossom tree is named "Fushihime Sakura." 伏姫桜Apr 07, 2022
The weeping cherry tree looks different from different angles.Apr 07, 2022
Guhoji is a Nichiren Buddhist temple founded by Priest Gyoki in 737. It's on a small hill noted for cherry blossoms and autumn foliage.Priest Kobo Daishi (Kukai) later reconstructed and expanded the temple in 822. Tokugawa Ieyasu, before he became shogun, granted the temple ownership of its temple grounds in 1591. In 1695, Mito Komon named the temple's tea ceremony room "Henrantei" (遍覧亭). In 1888, the entire temple was destroyed by fire. The present structures were reconstructed in 1890.Apr 07, 2022
In spring, Guhoji's 400-year-old weeping cherry blossom tree is famous. 伏姫桜Apr 07, 2022
After Niomon Gate, this is the first building you see, Soshido Hall dedicated to Nichiren, founder of the Nichiren Buddhist sect. Reconstructed in 2010 on the 700th anniversary of Nichiren's death. 祖師堂 There are other temple buildings spread out on the hill.Apr 07, 2022
Niomon Gate at the top of the steps, Guhoji's front gate. The two columns house a pair of Nio kings considered to be the protectors of the temple. 仁王門Apr 07, 2022
Poem about Tekona.Apr 07, 2022
"Mamasan" is the temple's mountain name. Not the same as a mama-san operating a Japanese bar. Photo shows Mama no Tsughihashi Bridge leading to the steps going up to Guhoji Temple on a wooded hill. 真間の継橋Apr 07, 2022
In 1501, Tekona's spirit told a priest to build a grave for her. This evolved into this temple where women pray for maternal happiness including safe childbirth and child rearing. 手児奈霊神堂Apr 07, 2022
Near Guhoji is Tekona Reijindo, another temple. We didn't go to see this temple though. (Too tired walking.) Tekona Reijindo is dedicated to a local girl named Tekona who lived 2,000 years ago. 手児奈霊神堂Her job was to fetch water from a well. She was such a beautiful girl that every man who saw her fell in love with her and wanted to marry her. They even fought over her. Even the moon fell in love with her. She got so distraught by all the attention and fighting that she drowned herself in the well. Poor girl, she was loved to death.Apr 07, 2022
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